NAGLREP Convention in Palm Springs

I’d like to share with you my experience at the Gay Realtor convention – NAGLREP in Palm Springs. As a realtor, I was proud to be representing Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors.

In October, I had the opportunity to attend the 2017 National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals convention. This years convention was held in Palm Springs, California. As always, it was a wonderful event for networking and meeting some of the most successful gay realtors from around the country. It was a reunion with old friends I met in past years and new friends, all in the real estate profession. It was the perfect opportunity, as a gay realtor to build my referral network with other realtors all across America. I was joined with a few fellow realtors for my home office of Re/Max Experience in Wilton Manors as well some familiar faces from Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors.

The Nuts and Bolts of the Convention
With his humor, comedian Alex Mapa emceed the NAGLREP convention, making it a huge success.

During the days, we attended lectures and learned about the latest technology available for today’s realtor. There were breakout sessions on lead generation and social media, home buying trends and information on marketing to the gay community. We listened to tips for selling homes and condos to the luxury buyer and talked about building our database. We were educated on diversity and learned the secrets of top producing real estate agents. From marketing professionals to mortgage lenders, from real estate coaches and agents that are larger than life, they were all there. The event ended with a keynote speech made by Human Rights Activist Clive Jones.

Million Dollar Listing
In this time of reality TV shows, I’m sure at least once, while flipping through you television stations, you landed on Bravo’s, Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles. I had the fortunate opportunity to spend some time and speak one on one with Madison Hildebrand. Madison is know for specializing in the luxury real estate market in Malibu and co-stared in the television series with Josh Flagg and Josh Altman.

With this being my first trip to Palm Springs I have to say, I fell in love with the desert air and mountains. This is quite different than Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors with our ocean and beachfront condos. I certainly enjoyed the change but most of all I enjoyed the Post Modern Architecture that the city has to offer. I can’t wait for the 2018 National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals which will be in Palm Spring again.

For more information contact:
Paul Slutsky, PA
Re/Max Experience
954-560-8330
www.paulsellshomes.com
paul@paulsellshomes.com

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Gay Pride in Fort Lauderdale This Year

Pride Fort Lauderdale, which celebrated its 40th Anniversary this year hit a home run with its beachfront venue on Sunday, February 26th. For many years, gay pride has been rather disjointed in my opinion. With an LGBTQ community as large and dynamic as Wilton Manors and Fort Lauderdale has, you would think that a Gay PRIDE festival would be a major extravaganza. Not so until this year. Prior years the event was held in Wilton Manors and even once in the neighboring city of Oakland Park, but never was it the magnitude of this year.

This year, the event planners for Gay Fort Lauderdale Pride chose to hold the event right on Fort Lauderdale Beach amongst the sand and ocean breeze, call it PRIDE FORT LAUDERDALE on the beach, and what a huge success it was. There has never been a turn out like this before.

The day was filled with the most diverse crowd of people all mixing and mingling and embracing one another. Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual Transgender and Hetrosexual all coming together dancing on one dance floor. Entertaining on the stage throughout the day was Erika Jane, Brian Justin Crum, Ty Herndon, DJ Wendy Hunt and DJ AJ Reddy. Everyone was considered. There was an alcohol-free dry area. There was an area where families could partake in arts and crafts and other wholesome activities. For those who have the need to feel special, the W Fort Lauderdale sponsored the Living Room VIP Lounge. There was even an area dedicated to the seniors of the community. You could reach out and feel the excitement in the air. It was an amazing day of utter enjoyment for the gay Fort Lauderdale community and their supporters.

The official Saturday Party was held at Alibi Monkey Bar and the official Sunday Party was held at the Manor, both located in Wilton Manors.

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I Just Sold a Wilton Manors Townhouse

One of the newest townhouse communities being built just minutes from Wilton Manors is the Pointe at Middle River. The vacant land which used to be home to the famous restaurant Gibby’s for decades was purchased by K. Hovananian to build this luxury townhouse community.

The community offers potential its buyers forty, three bedroom, three bath ultra contemporary South Beach style townhomes set on the Middle River. There are two beautifully appointed models to choose from, the Selena or the Bonnett. Both models offer its homeowners a two car garage and are apporximately 2300 square feet. The gated commmunity located in Oakland Park is on the border of Wilton Manors. Its location is just about 15 minutes to Downtown For Lauderdale. Featured amenities include clubhouse as well as its own swimming pool overlooking the river.

Your choice of models
Some of the unique features of this property are the optional dumb waiter between the lower and main levels. The Selina model offers an oversized island kitchen. You can choice from a soaking tub or an enormous shower. Choice cable wire or contemporary glass wall along the staircase. These are just a few of the extraordinary features that make these townhomes so special to you. The Pointe at Middle River is priced in the mid $400,000 range.

I am proud to have been able to introduce my clients to this amazing community. It was love at first site and they signed a pre-construction contract to build. I look forward watching their newest piece of real estate be built knowing that I played an important part of their future happiness.

For more information on The Pointe at Middle River or any other condominium, townhouse or single family home contact me:
Paul Slutsky, Realtor
Re/Max Experience
954-560-8330
paul@paulsellshomes.com
www.paulsellshomes.com

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Paul Slutsky, Fort Lauderdale Realtor- Ruby Award Recipient

Fort Lauderdale realtor, Paul Slutsky was a recipient of the High Producer Ruby Award this year for his service with Castelli Real Estate Services on Tuesday, January 16, 2016. The award recognized Paul Slutsky, the ambitious Broward County realtor for his revenue production and sales volume of residential homes for the past year. Presenting the award was John Castelli, 2015 president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Board of Realtors along with Dominick Faro. Both John and Dominic are partners of Castelli Real Estate Services. The venue for the event was the Broward Center for the Performing Arts located in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Paul Slutsky, Fort Lauderdale Realtor specializes in residential condos, luxury ocean condos, townhouses, single family homes, new construction and waterfront property with dockage as well as Fort Lauderdale’s beachfront condominiums.

If you are condisidering buying or selling your home, or know someone who is and would like more information, please visit www.paulsellshomes.com. Here you will find a direct search of the MLS – Multiple Listing Service, as well as useful information for buyers and sellers. One of the outstanding search features of this website is the ability to search by a specific condo or neighborhoods.

Contact Paul Slutsky, Fort Lauderdale Realtor at:
Email: paul@paulsellshomes.com
Call or Text: 954-560-8330
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PaulSlutskyRealtor
Twitter: www.twitter.com/FTLRealtor

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Pet Friendly Condos in Fort Lauderdale

We love our pets like we love our family but finding pet friendly buildings is not always an easy task.  Our pets are our family but when living with these lovable little creatures there’s a lot that must be considered.

Not all condos in Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors are pet friendly buildings. There are many rules and regulations a pet owner will encounter. It’s not just as simple as -yes pets are allowed or -no pets are not allowed.

Because a building says it is “pet friendly” doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to greet Fido with open arms if he weighs more than the allowed weight restriction. Almost all buildings in the areas surrounding Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors have weight restrictions for pets.

As a general rule, when searching for a pet friendly building here is how many of the associations classify which pets are allowed to reside in specific buildings.

1) Only cats are allowed
2) Only one cat
3) Only dogs
4) Dogs and cats are allowed
5) 1 dog under 20 lbs
6) 2 dogs under 20 lbs
7) 1 dog and 1 cat under 20lbs
8)1 dog under 40 lbs.
9) As many as you want but not to exceed 40 lbs.
10) Dogs under 60 lbs.
11) No aggressive breeds.
12) Owners are allowed pets but tenants are not
13) No pets allowed

As you can see, the rules are endless and can cause a great deal of frustration for a potential buyer who is looking to find the perfect home for himself and his “best friend” by the beach.

It’s best to work with a realtor knows who Fort Lauderdale. A realtor who knows which luxury condo on the Galt Ocean Mile accepts small dogs, or a realtor who knows which building in Wilton Manors allows multiple dogs over 60 lbs.

If you need more information for you and your furry friend, call or text me, Paul Slutsky at 954-560-8330. Rocco, my 20lb Aussipoo and I will be happy to help you and your family find a home. Just so you know, Rocco is always looking for new playmates too.

For dog friendly beaches visit: http://www.fortlauderdale.gov/departments/parks-recreation/dog-friendly-places

A realtor is also your best friend

One of the most exciting parts of being a realtor has been the friendships I’ve made over the years. Being a realtor doesn’t just end the day of closing, it’s a relationship that goes on for years and years.

For instance, take Amonds and Michael. Close to a year ago Amonds walked into an open house I was having in Wilton Manors. The property I was showing just wasn’t right for him and his partner. Later that week, the two of them came to my office at 2227 Wilton Drive where we discussed exactly what they were looking for. I’ll never forget how Michael just sat in a chair while Amonds left the room for a minute.  At that point Michael just started telling me just how much he “loved this guy.”

As their quest continued, they gave me their lists of haves and have nots in a home. I listened closely and started showing them homes in Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale and Oakland Park. Eventually we stumbled on the property they now call home. Every time I drove this couple around I learned more and more about this New York power couple. I learned their likes, their dislikes, where they’ve traveled and their future plans. Each one separately confided in me. I would get calls and emails from one and then the other.

I did eventually find them a home in Fort Lauderdale and a very special one at that.  However, something more than being labeled as “their realtor” was happening.

A friendship was being born.

On October 17, 2015 Michael and Amonds, the gay couple the who “just needed a realtor” were married at the W on Fort Lauderdale beach overlooking the ocean. It was a beautiful and emotional event. My partner and I attended the wedding –  not as their realtor, but as their friends.

This is why I am a realtor. It’s about finding that special home for people. It’s about helping people secure their financial future. It’s about making memories, but most of all, for me, it’s about making friends.

If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Fort Lauderdale or Wilton Manors contact me, Paul Slutsky, Realtor at 954-560-8330 or visit my website at www.paulsellshomes.com.

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Technology: This Realtor knows its value

Have you ever driven past a home that was for sale in Fort Lauderdale and you wanted to know how much it cost right that very minute? How many bedrooms does that house in Wilton Manors have?

There was a holder for flyers on the sign, but it’s empty. The person driving by earlier took the last flyer. You call the realtor whos number is on the sign but they don’t answer. Does this sound way too familiar?

When Paul Slutsky lists your home, this will never happen. Paul Slutsky has recently formed a relationship with an internet technology company to get you the information you want, when you want it and delivered right to your phone or smart device – instantly.

It’s very simple, when Paul Slutsky aquires a new listing, he assigns an “access code” to that property. You simply send a TEXT MESSAGE to 954-289-9270 and enter the “access code” which is specific for the house you want information on. That code will then  deliver information you want directly to you phone or smart device.

Try it!
1) Send a TEXT MESSAGE to 954-289-9270
2) Write 708 in the body of the text
3) Sit back and wait as the information you requested is delivered directly to you.

If your realtor isn’t using technology similar to this, you could possibly be missing out on potential buyers who are interested in your home. Always be certain that the realtor you trust to sell your property is savoy and up on the latest marketing techniques. Remember, selling or buying a home is probably one of the single largest fiancial investments in your life. Why would you not hire a professional to get the job done right?

If you’re thinking of selling or buying be sure and call Paul Slutsky, Fort Lauderdale’s Premier Realtor.

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Another Successful Closing for Fort Lauderdale’s Premier Realtor

Once again, Fort Lauderale’s Premier Realtor is called in to do the job. After trying to sell her home for over three months, seller Nikki Lopez decided to cancel the contract with her current realtor and hire Paul Slutsky. According to Nikki, Paul had more showings within the first week than she had within the entire time she was on the market previously.

Its no suprise with Paul’s no nonsense attitude to get the job done, her home in Pompano Beach, the town just north of Fort Lauderdale went from contract to closing in less than two weeks. Nikki has been able to move on to the next phase of her life with smile and only sings praise for Paul.

By using the latest marketing techniques, along with social marketing including, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin Paul manages to successfully market his listings to buyers and seller both in the United States as welll as abroad.  If you haven’t visited his site yet, be sure to shop for your next home at www.paulsellshomes.com. Here you can search for homes and condos by neighborhoods as well as by specific buildings. The site recently went live and new content is being added daily.